SOLD SOIL 1/3

SOLD SOIL 1/3

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The photographer Sandra Maier travelled 2015/2016 overland and pregnant from western Europe to the Strait of Hormuz at the Persian Gulf. There you find the „Red Factory“ on the Island Hormuz. – so called by Artist Alireza Memariani from Teheran (@alireza_memariani) , which inspirded her to do this work.

The soil of the Island is Red all over. That red which colorated the Ocean on the photographs is the red soil which is pulverized by the Iranian factory and sold as rouge (make-up) to the beauty-industy of France and Italy. From Dust till Body. The factory is now closed. @gesichtet.li (Sandra Maier)

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION TO THE SERIES "SOLD SOIL"

An invisible passenger accompanied me on this journey: I was pregnant with my son Arin. The pregnancy marked my journey and the question of what it means to be a woman occupied me. How do marriage and traditions differ in Islam and Western culture? I got answers in Tehran. There I met Mozhdeh - single, living alone, independent. An absolute no-go in traditional Iranian society. It is said that such women are either divorced or easy to have - Mozhdeh certainly not. I met a strong woman who knew exactly what she wanted and where her limits lay. A woman who stands up for her values and always believes in love. We travelled on together and spent nights discussing until we arrived at the "Strait of Hormuz" at dawn. She gave me an insight into the mindsets of the diverse inhabitants of her country. And somehow we all changed together. Thanks to you, Mozhdeh, for your valuable friendship and support.

BACKGROUND INFO ABOUT THE TRIP "IRAN"

My husband, my unborn child and I started our journey in Liechtenstein. We drove to Vienna, Budapest, crossed Transylvania, Bulgaria and Turkey - until we reached the Iranian border after three months. Due to the Kurdish conflict in Turkey, Dogubeyazit was the only open border crossing to Iran. We spent almost two months in the country and travelled from Mount Ararat to the Persian Gulf.